I chose a photo that was meaningful to me. Every year, I wait with baited breath to photograph the osprey juveniles as they learn how to fly. I never know how lucky I will be. Will they learn to fly at noon, when the light is poor? Will the juveniles learn to fly on a rainy or foggy day? Will they learn to fly while I am away from the nest?
This year there was one juvenile. She learned to fly on a Saturday around 9:30 am. Lucky me. They usually flap their wings vigorously and hop up and down a lot!!! I had watched her practice for a few days. Finally she took off at a shallower angle than usual toward the south. (Generally, the experienced birds fly more west and at a steeper angle.) I managed to get the flight on film with four still shots.
I spent quite a lot of time trying to come up with another sequence photo to add to the competition, but I didn't succeed. I tried using amusement park photos, but there was lots of equipment that seemed like it would ruin the photo, since the rides were always attached and couldn't be separated to create individual images instead of blurs. In the end, a blurred looking train photo was the winner. I took second place with "First Flight". I think if I did the photo again, I would only show 3 images of the osprey, so she wasn't flying out of the photo so much. Which photo do you prefer? The face is fairly hidden in the highest image. Altogether, it was an interesting challenge.
Second Place photo- 4 images layered
Photo of 3 composite images